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Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Sportpilot, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Sportpilot

    Sportpilot Filing Flight Plan

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    The cross-country portion of my sport pilot training is around the corner. I'm looking for advice/suggestions on the best online flight planning software/website. I'd like to end up with "Trip-tic" like sectionals to fit a standard knee board. AeroPlanner/EAA ? (I am an EAA/AOPA member) Other options? Thanks!

    Greg
     
  2. tonycondon

    tonycondon Gastons CRO (Chief Dinner Reservation Officer)

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    aeroplanner works pretty well. i havent used it in a while but the aopa flight planner is fine too. either way your instructor is probably going to want to see the line drawn out on a sectional and make sure that you actually know the nuts and bolts behind the math that the flight planner is doing for you.
     
  3. ScottM

    ScottM Taxi to Parking

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    Golden Eagle for Duats. It is free, works better the the RTFP from AOPA and can be used offline or through a friewall. You can also purchase packages to add even more capability to it.
     
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    captvikki Pre-Flight

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    I LOVE AirNav. It tells you the Heading to where you are going from where you are going. Photos of the airport. Distance in NM. I used it to check my headings.
    Vik
     
  5. mikea

    mikea Touchdown! Greaser! Gone West

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    Aeroplanner has the TripTiks. Make sure you register as an EAA member and use the "EAA flight planner," and... buy a couple cases of printer ink.
     
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    steingar Taxi to Parking

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    I hope to hell you are doing this to augment the work you do with your charts.
     
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  7. ScottM

    ScottM Taxi to Parking

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    Do sport pilots need to know how to do all that chart nav stuff?
     
  8. jmaynard

    jmaynard Cleared for Takeoff

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    Yes. Sport pilots have no restrictions on cross country flying, unlike recreational pilots, so they need to know how to do it.
     
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    maddog52 Line Up and Wait

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    I recomend the DUATS planner to my students but only after they have learned to plot the chart and spin the winds. It's actually a good place for close to "one stop shopping" as far as flight planning. I tell them to use it as a crosscheck for their work.

    Sport pilots have to be trained and proficient in pilotage since they are not required to demonstrate the use of electronic navaids. I don't teach them airway or GPS navigation unless they have mastered "Clock, Chart , Ground" first.

    You should have fun on your cross country. After all, going places in airplanes is what flying is all about!!
     
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    SkyHog Touchdown! Greaser!

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    What is it, 1940?

    ;)
     
  11. John J

    John J Line Up and Wait

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    I have been using Duats and Air Nav for flight planning. I have for many years always had the charts, clock, stop watch, plotter and wiz wheel since day one of flying. VFR I used both dead recogning and pilotage and it works just great and one gets a real nice view out the window.

    Good luck and have a lot of fun.

    John J
     
  12. Sportpilot

    Sportpilot Filing Flight Plan

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    Great suggestions all. Thanks!